Commentary Magazine


Topic: managing editor

Oxymorons

The New York Times yesterday (as Jonathan noted) published an article about disagreements among American Jews about Israel. The article was centered on a synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A secular humanist synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Ah. So what’s wrong with this picture? Evidently, the author, Paul Vitello, did not realize this, or his assigning editor, or his desk editor, or the assistant managing editor overseeing them, or the managing editor, but a house of worship that characterizes itself as “secular” is … um … not really representative of anything except the bizarre notions of its own members. And you don’t need a degree in theology to understand this. Only a dictionary, in which you can look up the word “secular” and the word “synagogue” and note how maybe they don’t quite align.

The New York Times yesterday (as Jonathan noted) published an article about disagreements among American Jews about Israel. The article was centered on a synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A secular humanist synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Ah. So what’s wrong with this picture? Evidently, the author, Paul Vitello, did not realize this, or his assigning editor, or his desk editor, or the assistant managing editor overseeing them, or the managing editor, but a house of worship that characterizes itself as “secular” is … um … not really representative of anything except the bizarre notions of its own members. And you don’t need a degree in theology to understand this. Only a dictionary, in which you can look up the word “secular” and the word “synagogue” and note how maybe they don’t quite align.

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